Area’s biggest food drive coming to Minden Dec. 16 |

Area’s biggest food drive coming to Minden Dec. 16

by Jo Rafferty

The Tumbleweeds Gymnastics and Cheer team members are practicing their routines and preschoolers and Cub Scouts are exercising their vocal chords for caroling.

All around Carson Valley entertainment groups and organizations are gearing up for the Channel 2 Share Your Holiday Drive-By Food Drive 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at Carson Valley Inn.

“It will be surprises, surprises, surprises,” said organizer Len Freuh, Carson Valley Community Food Closet chairman of the board.

The men’s quartet, Relaxed Fit, The Alan Jones Ensemble, the Carson Valley United Methodist Church choir, the Douglas High School jazz band and madrigals, the Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School Advanced Band, the Christian rock band “Gall Stones” from St. Gall Catholic Church, Cub Scout Pack 340 and four or five preschools are so far scheduled to provide entertainment.

The Tumbleweeds team from Tumbleweeds Gymnastics and Cheer of the Gardnerville Ranchos will do gymnastics stunts at 3 p.m.

Santa Claus is going to appear, along with members of the East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office members with their equipment. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Posse will attend if weather allows.

Valley Cruisers Car Club plans to cruise through the event.

The many volunteers include the Man Tracker Team, State of Nevada correctional officers who will collect food from cars that drive by in the parking lot at Carson Valley Inn.

Organizations such as Sertoma, Kiwanis, Lions Club and Douglas Disposal will present their donations.

Food and monetary donations stay in Carson Valley, under the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

This is the 13th annual food drive, but Carson Valley’s seventh. Freuh helped promote a food drive at Carson Valley Inn in 1999, by offering to provide more entertainment than at any other location. Prior to being held in Minden, the closest food drive was in Carson City.

There will be four drive-by food drives taking place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 16, the others at the Reno Hilton, RC Willey in Reno and Albertson’s-Sav-On Food Center in Carson City.

“Carson Valley is so generous,” said Freuh. “We usually run pretty close to what Carson City brings in.”

Last year, a record 25,000 pounds of food and $8,500 in monetary donations were made at Carson Valley Inn.

“This year we’re shooting for $30,000,” said Freuh. “It’s just an amazing event to see all these people giving.

“We want to tell everyone to please bring food. We want to publicize their donation on Channel 2.”

For information, call Freuh at 265-8872.